ANALYSIS: How Zak Hardaker’s 2017 form compares with his Man of Steel season

It’s been a heck of a year for Zak Hardaker as a Castleford Tigers player. Hardaker has undoubtedly reestablished himself as one of Super League’s finest talents after a difficult 2016, following a 2015 campaign in which he was without question the competition’s standout talent, winning the coveted Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award. But where does the England…

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Castleford keen to open talks with McMeeken over contract extension

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has admitted the club are intending on extending the contract of England forward Mike McMeeken. McMeeken, one of several high-profile Super League players in talks with the Rugby Football League about becoming centrally-contracted, has a contract which expires at the end of next season as things stand. And Powell says that the club are definitely keen…

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Daryl Powell admits Castleford were motivated by Leeds’ pre-match comments

Castleford coach Daryl Powell admits comments made by Leeds coach Brian McDermott in the run-up to their win at Headingley on Friday did help motivate his side. The Tigers extended their lead at the Super League summit to seven points after the 23-12 win over the Rhinos. However, the pre-match build-up was dominated by comments made by McDermott – who…

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McDermott believes top spot is Castleford’s after win at Leeds

Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes Super League leaders Castleford have now sewn up the race for top spot following the win over the Rhinos on Friday night. Castleford produced another emphatic display of their title credentials with the 23-12 win at Headingley which opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the table. And McDermott, who had said in…

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Tigers move seven points clear at Super League summit

Castleford Tigers moved seven points clear at the top of Super League with a 23-12 win at Leeds Rhinos. An error from Ben Roberts gifted Leeds the opening score through Ash Handley but Greg Eden brought Castleford level, with Danny McGuire being sinbinned for dissent. Luke Gale kicked a penalty goal to give the Tigers a narrow half time lead…

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Leeds will be “rubbing their hands together” at Cas challenge, says Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes opponents Leeds will be “rubbing their hands together” at the challenge of facing the Super League leaders at Headingley this evening. The Tigers head across West Yorkshire looking to open up an eight-point gap over the Rhinos at the start of a crucial period for his side, which includes a game against Hull next weekend,…

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The media have put Castleford on a pedestal, says Brian McDermott

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has lit the touchpaper ahead of tonight’s huge West Yorkshire derby with Castleford by suggesting the media have overhyped their achievements so far this season. The Super League leaders sit six points clear of nearest challengers Salford and Leeds ahead of tonight’s huge clash at Headingley, with the Rhinos looking to reduce that gap to…

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Larne Patrick reveals mental struggle to battle back to full fitness

Castleford Tigers forward Larne Pattrick admits his journey back to full fitness has been mentally challenging following his return to action last week after a nine-month injury layoff. The 28-year-old has struggled with a wrist problem which needed two major operations but the former Huddersfield man returned off the bench at last in Sunday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat at Hull. And he admitted…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v Castleford (8pm, Sky Sports) Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan return to the fray for Leeds as they take on league leaders Castleford this weekend. The experienced duo missed last week’s victory against Featherstone due to injury, but both are included here. Ashton Golding also has a chance of returning. There is a blow for Castleford with captain Michael…

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Sale were ‘right’ to sign Denny Solomona, insists Steve Diamond

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond believes the rugby union side were ‘right’ to sign former Castleford winger Denny Solomona after his high-profile code switch was finally settled last week. The Tigers said they received a settlement of over £200,000 after Solomona walked away from his deal with the Super League leaders just weeks after becoming the competition’s record try-scorer for…

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